Before the upcoming assembly elections, there is a big challenge before the Congress. It has a bigger challenge to do well in next year’s elections by silencing critics besides reducing internal squabbles inside and outside the party. Meanwhile, there is news which is not good for the party as the Congress interim president’s popularity is declining in the poll-bound states.
The five states where elections are going to be held are Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur. Except Punjab, all the states are ruled by the BJP.
According to ABP-CVoter-IANS Battle for the States – Wave 1 – 11.9 per cent people in Goa are very satisfied with Sonia Gandhi. Apart from this, 17.6 percent in Manipur, 14.2 in Punjab, 25.2 in UP, 19.1 percent in Uttarakhand are very satisfied with them. Whereas in this case the all India average for them is just 18.7 per cent.
Goa comprised 40.6 per cent of the respondents in the somewhat satisfied category. Apart from this, 25.9 percent in Manipur, 15.4 in Punjab, 15.8 in Uttar Pradesh, 20.1 percent in Uttarakhand were satisfied with Sonia to some extent. Their overall average for some degree of satisfaction is recorded at 19.8 percent.
On the other hand, if we talk about dissatisfaction, on an average 41.6 percent of the respondents said that they are not satisfied with Sonia. Apart from this, 37.6 percent people in Goa, 39.7 in Manipur, 51.2 in Punjab, 44.6 in UP and 48.1 percent in Uttarakhand are not satisfied with their work.
But overall, 40 per cent of the respondents in the same survey are highly satisfied with the Prime Minister, while 28.1 per cent are somewhat satisfied.
The poll could be an eye-opener for the Congress, which is looking to make a comeback in Punjab and win states like Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand while doing well in Uttar Pradesh. But the decline in the popularity of the top leader could be worrying for the Congress and it may have to rely on the local leadership. While the decline in Punjab is surprising, because of the farmers’ agitation, it was predicted that the Congress would win the Punjab Assembly elections, but internal rifts seem to have affected the party’s prospects.
Assembly elections are due early next year in these five states and the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are in direct contests in the three states of Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur, while the BJP’s electoral battle in Uttar Pradesh is largely dominated by the Samajwadi Party (SP). And with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The ruling Congress, which is embroiled in internal controversies, is up against the Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab and before the elections, the Congress will have to reduce the internal strife between the party and the organisation.
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